Aug 29, 2017: The first U.S.-produced A320 aircraft was delivered to Florida-based Spirit Airlines marking the 37th overall delivery from the U.S. facility in Mobile, Alabama since production. Executives from Airbus and Spirit Airlines attended the occasion.
Bob Lekites, executive vice president-customers, Airbus Americas said, “Airbus has reached another milestone in Mobile—delivery of the first A320 to be produced in the United States. Without a doubt, the A320 Family of aircraft meets the needs of our North American airline customers, and the 36 A321s already delivered from the U.S. have an extra special meaning for those airlines and their passengers. We’re pleased to celebrating this milestone with a great partner--Spirit Airlines.”
“Spirit Airlines is honored to receive the first Airbus A320 made in America,” said Ted Christie, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Spirit Airlines. “Our 106th aircraft, 650NK, will join Spirit’s growing Fit Fleet, the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the country. This new aircraft shows our commitment to delivering the cleanest, state-of-the-art aircraft to our customers as we continue to offer the lowest fares in the industry.”
Airbus committed to building a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in July 2012, and broke ground for the $600 million facility in April 2013. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant took place in September 2015. Airbus expects to deliver four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of this year.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle product line and comprises four models (A318, A319, A320, A321). So far, the Family has won over 13,200 orders and more than 7,700 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators globally.